Mike Anderson's crucial 2016 recruiting class continues to grow, now with the commitment of small forward Brachen Hazen.
Excited to say that I have committed to play basketball at the University of Arkansas! #GoHogs #WPS— Brachen Hazen (@brachen_) April 27, 2016
Hazen had been committed to UCF since September but decommitted after the Knights went through a coaching change. In addition to UCF, he held offers from Maryland, Clemson, Creighton, St. Joseph's, and others. He just took an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt last week, whose new coach, Bryce Drew, offered Hazen when he was the coach at Valparaiso. He's considered a 3-star prospect.
Arkansas really needed to sign another forward this spring, especially with Moses Kingsley's status still up in the air. Hazen averaged averaged 15.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists this year.
With this commitment, Arkansas now has six commitments in the 2016 class, and if Kingsley returns, the roster now has 12 scholarship players scheduled to play next year. That means the Hogs still have one open scholarship as things stand right now.